USC Stevens gives innovation awards at Ostrow School of Dentistry Research Day

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation sponsored and awarded two innovation prizes at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC’s Annual Research Day on April 5, 2017 at USC’s Galen Center.

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation gave out two awards, each for $250 and titled “Most Disruptive” and “Best Commercial Potential.”

  • Most Disruptive: Jade Sha, “Synergism and antagonism between Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans and other oral species”
  • Best Commercial Potential: Yongchao Gou, “PRMT4-mediated methylation of RUNX2 regulates cell migration and invasion” (shown in photo with Michael Arciero)

Michael Arciero (Director of Technology Licensing & New Ventures), Mina Zion (Associate Director, Corporate Collaborations) and Licensing Associates Dana Hutchison and Bonnie Wolfe joined from the USC Stevens Center for Innovation to attend and judge the event. The USC Stevens Center for Innovation has sponsored and judged prizes each year at the Ostrow School of Dentistry’s Annual Research Day, since the event’s inception in 2007. In judging student competition entries, USC Stevens judges considered whether a submission demonstrated potential as a highly novel healthcare solution that could positively impact society.

Projects showcased were by student, resident, and faculty researchers at the Ostrow School of Dentistry, as well as in the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.

The daylong event included poster presentations and judging, opening remarks and keynote speakers, a poster viewing and vendor fair, and award presentations.

For more info on the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC’s Annual Research Day, visit: http://dentistry.usc.edu/2017/04/03/research-day-2017.

–By USC Stevens Center for Innovation staff, published March 29, 2017. Updated with winners April 6, 2017.